March 14, 2014 Update - I have sold
am selling my 'Developer 3' for life instance
See performance stats below and email me at 'cloudatcost-dev3-for-sale [at] danols.com' if interested.
Below is latest performance snapshot - it's usable but not for what I need. Make me an offer in the comment section, the first reasonable amount will be accepted and we'll use a paypal for the transaction.
oot@debian7:~# . test-linode.sh $ openssl speed sha1 ... type 16 bytes 64 bytes 256 bytes 1024 bytes 8192 bytes sha1 34431.17k 90492.32k 200161.54k 303043.38k 328540.16k $ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync && rm test 5120+0 records in 5120+0 records out 335544320 bytes (336 MB) copied, 84.5891 s, 4.0 MB/s ... Resolving ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com (ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com)... 22.214.171.124 Length: 536870912 (512M) [application/zip] Saving to: `/dev/null' ... 536,870,912 1.18M/s in 4m 25s
Super cheap hosting but too good to be true
I've bought their for life Development 3 package about a month or so ago and aside from the rough administration panel at that time I was very impressed at the perfromance and support. The CloudAtCost instance was beating my good old and tried Linode VPS server and tickets were being answsered within hours - please use the previous or this Linode link if you decide to sign up as I get a small kickback .
Fast forward to today and I feel I might have fallen victim to the "Too good to be true" experience. My tickets go unanswered, there was a two week unable to re-image due to maintance message, and performance has hit rock bottom as seen per the stats below
CloudAtCost Dev 3 Package 512MB download ---> file avg speed 842K/s dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync ---> 3.6 MB/s SHA1 OpenSSL 8192 Test: 322022.06k Linode 1GB Package 512MB download ---> file avg speed 6.92MB/s dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync ---> 26.7 MB/s SHA1 OpenSSL 8192 Test: 275749.84k
But let's be fair here and assume that CloudAtCost is simply swamped with the explosion of people jumping at their for life cloud packages, and so with that in mind I reserve the final verdict if I wasted my money to say 6-12 months from now. However the early lesson here is clearly that you get what you pay for.
Testing script used
Below is very rought testing script I use when comparing new services to Linode.
#!/bin/sh #echo 'time arc a -mx temp.arc linux' #rm temp.arc #time arc a -mx temp.arc linux echo 'time openssl speed sha1' time openssl speed sha1 echo 'time tar cf - linux | bzip2 -9 - > temp.tar.bz2' rm temp.tar.bz2 time tar cf - linux | bzip2 -9 - > temp.tar.bz2 echo 'time dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync && rm test' time dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync && rm test time wget --output-document=/dev/null http://ipv4.download.thinkbroadband.com/512MB.zip #wget ftp://ftp.kernel.org/pub/linux/kernel/v2.4/linux-2.4.0.tar.bz2 #time tar -xvf linux-2.4.0.tar.bz2
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Feb 01 2014 Update
New 2.0 control panel with better usability but network connection performance has further deteriorated.
CloudAtCost Dev 3 Package 512MB download ---> file avg speed 472KB/s dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=5k oflag=dsync ---> 10.7 MB/s SHA1 OpenSSL 8192 Test: 379376.98k